Welcome to the Department of Physics at the University College Cork.

The Department of Physics is one of Ireland’s largest, most dynamic centres of scientific development with a focus on excellence in both education and research, and a particularly strong track record in PhD education.

The strength of our undergraduate degree programmes in both physics and astrophysics attracts a large cohort of talented students to study physics at UCC. Our research strength also attracts many international post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists to our department, making it a large, cosmopolitan place for the advancement of science.

The Department of Physics plays an important strategic role in the region through its extensive interactions with industry both nationally and internationally.



NiallFest2018 celebrating the work of Niall O’Murchadha (UCC Physics).


Niall with Kip Thorne Nobel laureate in Physics


Participants enjoying the sunshine in UCC at NiallFest2018

UCC invests in atmospheric monitoring station



Physics News

Ancient natural fission reactor offers clues on how to store modern nuclear waste
Posted on August 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

A team of researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Washington University has learned […]

Protons may have an outsize influence on the properties of neutron stars and other neutron-rich objects
Posted on August 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Neutron stars are the smallest, densest stars in the universe, born out of the gravitational […]

Magnetic vortices observed in haematite
Posted on August 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Vortices are common in nature, but their formation can be hampered by long range forces. In work […]

Breaking down the Wiedemann-Franz law
Posted on August 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm

A study exploring the coupling between heat and particle currents in a gas of strongly interacting […]